Sunday, June 20, 2010

Jonah Hex - movie review

Just in time for Dad's day out. What we've all been waiting for! A western based on a graphic novel, no less.

Yeap, you got it. Something for the young and grandpa too. Amazingly, PG-13. Who would have thunk it? Everything a guy could want. Weapons, explosions and Megan Fox.

The cast has some great actors. I haven't seen John Malkovich sink his teeth into being a villian like this in ages. More surprises, Aidan Quin as President Grant. Of course, who can show pain better than Josh Brolin? I've loved him since Goonies.

Definitely a guy's movie that some might not see a problem in taking their little guy to. I did see many a Dad out with their underage tween. Based on a DC comic, what could be the harm? Laced with one liners from a modern day Mae West is Megan Fox's Lilah. She knows she's a pin up girl, and she's making the most of it in her sultry part. Remember, this film is pushing an R-rating so if you have a problem with men visiting the upstair rooms of a drinking establishment and violent rampages to go with it, you may want to stay away. But if you want some good fun for a little while, then sit back and enjoy the show.

True, Malkovich's Turnbull is no more than a terrorist. War has turned him bad, for good. And its his doing that has severed the life, Hex (Josh Brolin) knew, leaving him more than scarred for life. Jonah Hex can talk to dead people with a touch, thanks to the Crows bringing him back from the dead. Naturally, Turnbull has so many sinister plans, killing women and children along the way that the President finally calls for Jonah's help.

So the plot begins. And just how will Jonah save our good nation? You'll just have to buy some popcorn and see for yourself at the theater.

Granted, this is no drama for your Mama, but it will certainly give you a laugh here and there of things said and how a trigger took care of the problem. If you are missing Westerns as much as I do, this has a dose of Clint Eastwood-like moves. Landscapes you swear could be from a spaghetti western, yet it is kept real with the feel of being there from the sweat clinging to Megan's bosoms to the rugged demeanor of a past life once known. Granted, this is more of back East after the civil war (yet, there are guns and horses), but it does give one the historical feel of a war that had gone on so long that perhaps all men had left in their souls to do is hate and destruction. Something to think about in our present time. Isn't it just history repeating itself? At least in this movie, there is a hero. Jonah Hex.


natalie said...

Hahaha, "Everything a guy could want. Weapons, explosions and Megan Fox." I loved that part. It's so true though :D I'll have to see if my dad is up for it today!

Holly said...

looks exciting!

ellie said...

I love Josh in anything he does.

meg said...

Sounds like a fun movie to see.

dave said...

Glad to heart this was fun! Me and my friends are big Hex fans, and even used his name for a character in our Spaghetti Western Concept Rap album, called "Showdown at the BK Corral." (basically an epic Spaghetti Western over 9 tracks - very influenced by Morricone - you can download it for free at - I'd love you hear what you think!)

When we started out, the character was totally obscure, but now that there's the big movie out, I've been curious to see what people think of our thing.